I am always astounded by the creativity and imagination that is born from these challenges. This week, I am exceptionally intrigued by the designs and thankful that each artist took a risk and simply let whatever was going to happen...happen. I believe you will be inspired and delighted by the work of these talented, professional, wonderous artists.
Please join me in celebrating the beauty that can be found when we let ourselves play with dots, lines and a little color :)
Agathe, creator of Meherio68, created this stunning piece.
"I did start thinking along lines," said Agathe. "Full stop. But ended up with circles, or rather bubbles and a splash, working with hammered copper and copper wired freshwater pearls. I love how sunny and splashy this pendant looks and, because it is really quite flattering, I called it "Make a Splash!" It comes on a ball chain for more dots making up lines..."
blog : http://lebarduvent.blogspot.com
Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, created these wonderful pieces for The Blue Iris Series including, “Iris Exposed”, “Liquid Blue”, “Liquid Blue 2”, and “Liquid Purple”.
"I was going through a group of photos I had taken of blue irises a few weeks ago," said Felicia. "That’s when I came across a happy accident – a few closeup photos that were over-exposed to the extent that the iris petals appeared skeletonized, with the veins (“lines”) most prominent as in the first photo. I was so fascinated with them that I started layering the photos with other bright painterly backgrounds (“splash of color”) and manipulating the colors in Photoshop, and “suddenly” here are the results. I have been exploring altering the colors and layers to the extent that I have quite a few finished for my “Blue Iris Series.” There are only two or three layers of images in each piece. I’ll be posting them in my shop and on my blog, where I may do a simple step-by-step explanation. Stop by and take a look: www.feliciakramer.blogspot.com."
Liquid Blue 2
KittyDesigns created this awe-inspiring piece.
Perhaps it will seem to you that the sunshine is brighter and that everything has a new charm. At least, I believe this is always the result of a deep love, and it is a beautiful thing. And I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal--the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. The lamp was there and it was a good lamp, but now it is shedding light too, and that is its real function. And love makes one calmer about many things, and in that way, one is more fit for one's work.
~Vincent van Gogh
Talented, fabulous artist Maureen created this exquisite piece.
"Oh my goodness--I have missed being a part of this creative fellowship," said Maureen. "Seems way longer than just two weeks. I loved the prompt this week, with the quote: Everything starts from a dot. I tried really really hard to start with a dot, then a line, etc., but my dots just wanted to explode and who am I to deny them??? My offering this week, which is also Day 31 of the 100 in 100 project, reminds me of a bumper sticker I love: I tried to contain myself, but I escaped."
Trina, creator of Woven Chains Jewelry, created this phenomenal piece, titled "The Rainbow over Waterfalls."
"I just started reading your blog last week, and have been very inspired," said Trina. "When I saw this theme, it instantly made me think of some beautiful, colorful niobium rings that I just got from a good friend. I started playing with them, and came up with a shape that looked like a rainbow. When I added some lapis to one end, it reminded me of the rainbow over a waterfall."
Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this sensational watercolor in progress titled, Untitled.
"What a fun theme! I didn't get as much time to play this week as I'd hoped, but I'll definitely keep working on this painting, and will be trying this exercise again soon," said Amanda. "I began the composition one way, then ended up spinning it as I worked--finally decided on the reverse of how I'd started. I love any technique that forces me to think from a different perspective--and that's exactly what happened here."
This theme threw me for a loop! Here's how it all began. I sat down, opened my journal and began to play. I started with a big, black dot. I thought it would be fun to experiment with not taking the pen from the page so I let the line come to life and that turned into another dot and before I knew it was drawing a dog paw which made me laugh. It was not AT ALL what I was expecting. I turned the page upside down and started again - not lifting the pen - and a leash and dog came to life. This was great but I had no idea where it was going and so I let it soak for awhile.
In the middle of the week, I stumbled across this fabric. I had not been looking for it. I was strolling down an aisle in a craft shop and it jumped out at me. I believe it was all connected. So this dog journal was born. One version is blank and the other is filled with fun things including...you guessed it....dog paw drawings. LOL! If I hadn't truly let myself trust this process I don't think I'd have ended up here with this piece. I had a blast!
Want to take another spin through?? Me too :)
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